Recollections of Abraham Lincoln

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U of Nebraska Press, 1994 - History - 337 pages
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When President-elect Abraham Lincoln was preparing to go to Washington he appealed to his old friend and law partner Ward Hill Lamon: ?I want you to go along with me. . . . In fact I must have you. So get yourself ready and come along.? Lamon journeyed from Springfield to Washington in 1861 and returned to Illinois in mourning in 1865. Lincoln chose Lamon as his bodyguard when he slipped into Washington by night to foil conspirators intent on murder. The president sent him on missions and appointed him marshal of the District of Columbia. During that time of civil war Lincoln was often dispirited, and Lamon tried to cheer him.

These recollections were compiled from Lamon?s notes and papers by his daughter, Dorothy, and published in 1895. The expanded second edition of 1911 has been used for this reprinting. Recollections of Abraham Lincoln has often been cited for its firsthand testimony about key episodes and incidents, including at the phantom-like train trip to Washington in 1861, a visit to Charleston during the secession crisis, and Lincoln?s foreboding dreams.

As James A. Rawley points out in his introduction, Lamon?s recollections of Lincoln?s personal qualities an presidency are important to history.

 

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This is an '100 essential Lincoln books' book. There are lots of good Lincoln essays in here, mostly from the viewpoint of W. H. Lamon, a close friend of Lincoln's. I understand that *some* of the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction to the Bison Book Edition
xix
Preface to the First Edition
xxv
Memoir of Ward H Lamon
xxxi
CHAPTER I
9
Difference in Work in Illinois and in Virginia
15
Introduction to Mrs Lincoln
21
Prediction of Hon J G Blaine regarding Lincoln
27
Time between Election and Departure for Washington
30
HIS LOVE OF CHILDREN
157
The Invasion of Tads Theatre
164
A Modesty which scorned Eulogy for Achievements
170
Had unconsciously risen to a Height above the Cultured
176
Feared Nothing except to commit an Involuntary Wrong
182
Extract from Wendell Phillipss Speech
189
Mr Lincolns Treatment of the Subject of Dictatorship
195
The Condition of the Army at Beginning and Close of Gen
201

Loss of Inaugural Address
35
At Harrisburg
41
At Washington
48
Impression made by Inaugural Address
54
Geographical Lines distinctly drawn
56
South Carolina formally adopts the Ordinance of Secession
62
Mission to Charleston
68
Interview with Governor Pickens No Way out of Existing
74
Interview with the Postmaster of Charleston
78
Case of Young Man convicted of Sleeping at his Post
86
Reprieve given to a Man whom a little Hanging would
87
Mr Lincoln dismisses Committee of FaultFinding Clergy
93
Bearing a Title should not injure the Austrian Count
99
Letters of Condolence 106108
105
Superstition A Rent in the Veil which hides from Mortal
111
Mr Lincolns Last Drive
119
A General who had formed an Intimate Acquaintance with
125
Not always easy for Presidents to have Special Trains fur
132
Doubts about the Abutment on the Other Side
138
If a Cause of Action is Good it needs no Vindication
144
One Little Sad Song
150
Mr Lincoln wanted to borrow the Army if General
202
Mr Lincoln hopes to be Dumped on the Right Side of
208
Busy letting Rooms while the House was on Fire
214
First Proposition to Mr Lincoln to issue InterestBearing
220
CABINET COUNSELS
227
Mr Stantons Rudeness to Mr Lincoln in 1858
236
Universal Suffrage One of Doubtful Propriety
242
Disposition of Jefferson Davis discussed at a Cabinet
248
Difficulties attending the Execution of the Fugitive Slave
254
Mr Lincolns Existence embittered by Personal and Political
260
A Search for Mr Lincoln
270
Mr Lincolns high Administrative Qualities
276
Lincolns Last Laugh
282
Willing to concede Much to Democrats
286
McClellan seems to be Lost
288
Lincolns Views of the American or KnowNothing Party
299
Rail Splitter
303
Shrewdness
309
Religion 233
333
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James A. Rawley, a Carl Adolph Happold Professor Emeritus of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the author of Turning Points of the Civil War (1989), also available as a Bison Book.

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